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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pascrell demands probe of post office slowdowns

Congressman wants to know if new Postmaster General’s investments constitute a conflict of interest

By David Wildstein, August 12 2020 11:50 am

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) wants the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General to investigate allegations that the Trump administration is deliberately slowing down mail deliveries in order to wreck vote-by-mail plans for the November general election.

Pascrell wants the probe to “determine whether recent operational changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have undermined or will undermine timely delivery of mail, including medications, ballots for elections, census forms, tax refunds, social security checks, and other time-sensitive items.”

“My constituents and the American public rely on USPS for timely delivery of lifesaving medications, protective equipment, and to safely cast their ballots,” he said in a letter to the USPS inspector general.  “Following the implementation of these new operational standards, my office has heard from hundreds of my constituents that their mail has been slower than ever before.”

The North Jersey congressman says that Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb needs to review whether DeJoy might personally profit by the post office slow down, since he reportedly has tens of millions of dollars in investments in postal service competitors.

“He would stand to personally benefit if those very same logistics companies wound up filling in the service gaps created from his directive,” Pascrell said.

The post office created obstacles to New Jersey’s VBM elections in May and July.

Gov. Phil Murphy is currently mulling a plan to hold a general election conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail ballots.

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